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  1. Laborious; wearisome; attended with fatigue and pain; as, toilsome work; a toilsome task. What can be toilsome in these pleasant walks? Milton.
  2. Producing toil; as, a toilsome day or journey.


In a toilsome manner.


Laboriousness; wearisomeness.

TOISE, n. [tois; Fr.]

A fathom or long pleasure in France, containing six feet; but the French foot is longer than the English, 76 being equal to 81 English feet.

TO-KAY, n.

A kind of wine produced at Tokay in Hungary, made of white grapes. It is distinguished from other wines by its aromatic taste. It is not good till it is about three years old, and it continues to improve as long as it is kept.

TO-KEN, n. [to'kn; Sax. tacn, tacen; Goth. taikns; D. teeken; Dan. tegn; Sw. teckn; G. zeichen. This may be the same word as the L. signum, dialectically varied, or from the same radix; Gr. δεικνυμι.]

  1. A sign; something intended to represent or indicate another thing or an event. Thus the rainbow is a token of God's covenant established with Noah. The blood of the paschal lamb, sprinkled on the doors of the Hebrews, was a token to the destroying angel of God's will that he should pass by those houses. Gen. ix. Exod. xii. Show me a token for good. Ps. lxxxvi.
  2. A mark. In pestilential diseases, tokens are livid spots upon the body, which indicate the approach of death. Cyc.
  3. A memorial of friendship; something by which the friendship of another person is to be kept in mind. Shak.
  4. In coinage, tokens were coins struck in the reign of Elizabeth in the cities of Bristol, Oxford and Worcester, and also by private persons, which were put into circulation, and upon being returned, the issuer gave the value of them in current money. Cyc.
  5. In printing, ten quires of paper; an extra quire is usually added to every other token, when counted out for the press.

TO'KEN, v.t.

To make known. [Not in use.] Shak.


Being marked with spots. Shak.

TO'KEN-ING, ppr.

Making known; marking with spots.

TOL, v.t. [L. tollo.]

To take away; a law term. [See Toll.] Cyc.

TO'LA, n.

In India, a weight for gold and silver, but different in different places.

TOL-BOOTH, n. [or v. See TOLL-BOOTH.]

TOLD, v. [pret. and pp. of Tell.]

Who told thee that thou wast naked? Gen. iii. Thou hast mocked me, and told me lies. Judges xvi. Sheep and oxen that could not be told. 1 Kings viii.

TOLE, v.t. [I know not from what source we have this word; but it coincides with the Ar. دَلً dalla, to draw. The Ethiopic has ፐለወ talwa, taloo, to follow, and አትለወ ataloo, to cause to follow. It is a legitimate word and in good use.]

To draw or cause to follow by presenting something pleasing or desirable to view; to allure by some bait. Thus our farmers tole sheep and make them follow, by holding to them a measure of corn or some portion of fodder. In New England, it is applied only to the alluring of beasts. Locke has applied it to men.

TOL-ED, pp.

Drawn; allured; induced to follow.

TO-LE'DO, n.

A sword.

TOL'ER-A-BLE, a. [Fr. from L. tolerabilis. See Tolerate.]

  1. That may be borne or endured; supportable, either physically or mentally. The cold in Canada is severe, but tolerable. The insults and indignities of our enemies are not tolerable. It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city. Matth. x.
  2. Moderately good or agreeable; not contemptible; not very excellent or pleasing, but such as can be borne or received without disgust, resentment or opposition; as, a tolerable translation; a tolerable entertainment; a tolerable administration. Swift.


The state of being tolerable.

TOL'ER-A-BLY, adv.

  1. Supportably; in a manner to be endured.
  2. Moderately well; passably; not perfectly; as, a constitution tolerably firm. The advocate speaks tolerably well.

TOL'ER-ANCE, n. [L. tolerantia, from tolero, to bear.]

The power or capacity of enduring; or the act of enduring. Diogenes one frosty morning came to the marketplace shaking, to show his tolerance. Bacon. [Little used. But intolerance is in common use.]


Enduring; indulgent; favoring toleration.

TOL'ER-ATE, v.t. [Fr. tolerer; L. tolero, from tollo, to lift; Ch. דול, to lift or raise. Class Dl, No. 3, and see No. 6, 7, 18, 20, 28, 32.]

To suffer to be or to be done without prohibition or hinderance; to allow or permit negatively, by not preventing; not to restrain; as, to tolerate opinions or practices. The Protestant religion is tolerated in France, and the Romish in Great Britain. Crying should not be tolerated in children. Locke. The law of love tolerates vice, and patronizes every virtue. G. Spring.


Suffered; allowed; not prohibited or restrained.


Enduring; suffering to be or to be done; allowing; not restraining.

TOL-ER-A'TION, n. [L. toleratio.]

The act of tolerating; the allowance of that which is not wholly approved; appropriately, the allowance of religious opinions and modes of worship in a state, when contrary to or different from those of the established church or belief. Toleration implies a right in the sovereign to control men in their opinions and worship, or it implies the actual exercise of power in such control. Where no power exists or none is assumed to establish a creed and a mode of worship, there can be no toleration, in the strict sense of the word, for one religious denomination has as good a right as another to the free enjoyment of its creed and worship.